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About British Museum, London

The British Museum is one of the highlights of London. The museum is home to various collections of paintings, sculptures, antiquities and many other curiosities. It is said that about seven million collection pieces are present in this museum for display.

Discovering different cultures and having displays about various themes makes it one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the world. The artifacts span a million years and there are a lot of mind boggling facts that will leave you amazed. Another highlight of the British Museum is that it houses the Rosetta Stone as well as many other Egyptian marvels.

The museum is so large, that one day is not enough to explore it completely.

However, if you want to make a quick visit there are a few exhibits that should not be missed:

  • The Rosetta Stone: This ancient stone helped decode many ancient languages giving us a doorway to look into historical civilizations.
  • The Lewis Chessmen: This is a set of elaborately carved ivory chess pieces that will leave you astounded.
  • The Mold Cape: This cape is beaten out of pure gold.
  • The Oxus Treasure: This is a surviving Persian treasure and has many beautiful gold items.

British Museum is one of the tourist attractions in 5 days London travel itinerary and London Itinerary 2 Weeks. You must visit this amazing tourist attraction in London.

Explore the various collections of antiquities and the impressive collection of art pieces on display at the iconic British Museum by getting tickets for British Museum. While the entry fee for British Museum costs nothing, you can buy tickets for British Museum here, as it would give you a thorough experience of the museum complete with information. British Museum ticket prices are a great value for money and it would be a shame to lose out on the British Museum tickets. Make sure you grab it immediately.

British Museum Information

  • Designated wheelchair and accessible public toilet.
  • There are many restaurants, cafes, shops inside the museum. So, you will not need to find a place refreshment during a tiring day of exploring.
  • You can walk from this museum to the National Gallery so you can plan a full day trip with both these venues in mind.

British Museum Tickets Prices

  • Entrance is free.
  • A donation of £5 is recommended. There are admission charges for special exhibitions and some events - book online now to avoid missing out.

British Museum Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Great Court, including the Information Desk, is open daily 09.00–18.00 and until 20.30 on Fridays.
  • For timings of the library, cafe and other facilities, please refer to the official website. 

How To Get To British Museum by Public Transport

  • Tottenham Court Road is the closest tube station.
  • Bus Numbers 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 stop on New Oxford Street.
  • Cycle racks and hires are available.

Restaurants Near British Museum

  • The Museum Tavern
  • Wagamama
  • TAS

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Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Phone: +44-2073238299

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Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

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Private Guided Tour of the British Museum in London
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Travel through more than 6000 years of history to understand how societies evolved from simple tribes to the greatest empires the world has ever seen thanks to the hand-picked selection of works by your expert guide, from the most iconic pieces, like the Rosetta Stone, Lewis Chessman and Mummy of Katebet.

Private Tour: London's National Gallery and The Britsh Museum Guided Tour
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Join this cultural tour of the two major museums of London. Perfect for an introduction to The National Gallery of London and the most recognised paintings of the world, this tour will take you on an artistic and historical journey through the origins up to date, revealing the most famous pieces and some handpicked gems.

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Explore London like a true professional with a chauffeured tour. With a separate guide and driver, you can explore the best of the city and make the most of your time. Pick up and drop off is included from locations of your choice.

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On this private London Historical Walking Tour you can discover the jewels of London and it's most popular British museum. Take the time to get to know London intimately with a half-day excursion and a private tour guide dedicated to revealing not just the most famous landmarks but the most hidden secrets of London history too.

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  • The museum is huge and full of interesting exhibitions. There are fixed ones and some that are specially curated for a specific period of time, and it is definitely worth exploring. There is also a good selection of souvenirs in the shops on the ground floor if you feel like taking a bit of history home. And also a nice restaurant for an afternoon tea or lunch. Would definitely recommend going at least once! ⛲🏫📷

  • Ideally, I'd give it a 4.6. Huge, well curated museum. Has TONS of stuff from all around the world and all across time, including the Rosetta stone. Must see if you're in London. The ONLY reason i don't give it a five star review is the cost. Everything in London is expensive (it's an alpha++ global city after all) but, in addition to the cost, there are donating bins EVERYWHERE, to the point of almost being bothersome. Kind of took away from it. Also, very crowded, even on weekdays, but that's to be expected as well. But it's genuinely gorgeous, and the only museum i can think of that remotely rivals it is the Smithsonian... and I'd say the British is probably more extensive.

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  • A truly amazing museum. I made the mistake of going on a Saturday afternoon, this resulted in a 15 minute queue to get through the bag check area. Inside the museum was busy which made it difficult to take your time and appreciate the history. If you're going to visit I would recommend two things. First is be a member before you join, it allows you to skip the entry queues and gets access to members only areas which did look interesting. And secondly try to avoid the weekend afternoons as the crowds might affect your enjoyment of the museum.

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  • Very worth a visit if you love history and classics. There is a lot to see, so wear good walking shoes if you want to do it all in one day. Entry is free, but you do need to go through security who will check your bags to get in, and they will ask you to donate £5, and the map is £2 (worth purchasing as the museum is very big). Be aware that certain exhibits can be very busy (e.g. the mummies and the Rosetta stone), so you occasionally have to wait see some of the more popular things.

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  • British Museum was awesome part of our visit to London. Been wanting to visit it since childhood and see a lot of historically famous items. Even if it was really great visit it didn't live up to the hype I had created for myself and I expected it to be a bit different experience, especially how exhibitions were laid out and presented. Building is also very maze like and difficult to navigate, especially if you have some trouble moving around.

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